This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

robin in the snow

lost robin3

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.

The North Wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will the dormouse do then? Poor thing!
Roll'd up like a ball, in his nest snug & small,
He'll sleep till warm weather comes in. Poor thing!
-author unknown, traditional nursery rhyme

This robin was eating berries from the snow covered holly bush in my back yard this morning. We have many robins that over winter here. They seem out of place, but are nice and fat. I noticed my holly has more berries than usual this year. With all the summer rains we had, I bet there is an abundant supply of berries for the winter birds.

Today have about 5 inches of fresh powder snow. This on top of about 5 inches of old snow. Boston has had a season to date total of 27 inches of snow. Well above our normal amount. Fortunately much of it melts before the next storm.

(By the way - its an American robin. And here's some information of winter robin habits.)

garden birds (Hortus Aves)

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Blogger Sandy said...

Great shot. You do a wonderful job with your photography. Enjoy the snow! -Sandy

January 11, 2009 12:53 PM

OpenID livinginalocalzone said...

Interesting that you have overwinter-ers, I think all ours flee the cold. They must love your berries! I can't wait until the first ones come back for that hope of spring.

January 11, 2009 2:14 PM

Anonymous Becky at Cool Garden Things said...

Love that puffy Robin. At least the winter doesn't take away the beauty of the birds. Thanks.

January 12, 2009 4:04 PM


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